Spotting dolphins from the beach inspires a sense of wonder and amazement in people of all ages! There’s nothing quite like seeing these majestic creatures jump from beneath the ocean’s surface. For an opportunity to see them up close, consider booking one of the best Outer Banks dolphin tours during your next vacation on North Carolina’s barrier islands! Be sure to check out our free Vacation Guide for more great OBX tours, attractions, and more!
3 Outer Banks Dolphin Tours
1. Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours
Young children, teenagers, and adults alike will all appreciate this unique experience that allows you to witness the magic of bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours take you on an excursion through protected waters where these marine mammals thrive. Tours run Monday through Friday between May and October, which is the prime time of the year to see dolphins in the Outer Banks! You can also request to schedule a tour on Saturdays as well.
2. Miss Bodie Island Dolphin Watch
For an, in equal parts, exciting and informative dolphin-spotting adventure, book a tour through Miss Bodie Island Dolphin Watch! Become more familiar with the history of the Outer Banks and local attractions such as the Bodie Island Lighthouse in addition to learning about bottlenose dolphins and their habitat! You might also see a variety of local birds such as herons, osprey, and pelicans.
3. Nags Head Dolphin Watch
Opt for a biologist-led tour with Nags Head Dolphin Watch! Their passion for these aquatic creatures shines as they share their knowledge while you and your crew look out for bottlenose dolphins. Some of the dolphins frequent the area where the tour takes place, therefore they have names such as Onion, Scarlet, and Rake! You and your family are in for quite a treat when you go out on the boat for a fun and educational experience!
More OBX Attractions for Wildlife Enthusiasts
Outer Banks Horse Tours
You don’t have to leave the shores to spot majestic creatures who call Outer Banks their home! The wild mustangs of Corolla draw visitors year after year. Choose from a number of tours that take you out on the dunes to admire the OBX horses from a safe distance.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
See what thrives beneath the surface of the Atlantic when you visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island. Discover vibrant schools of fish, ethereal jellies, and more in the tanks at this aquarium!
Your Dream OBX Vacation Rental
Your family vacation dreams become a reality with fun attractions and adventures such as kiteboarding, parasailing, and riding out for an Outer Banks dolphin tour! Stay near all the best things to do in the area when you make a Paramount Destinations vacation rental your home away from home for the summer! Choose between charming, soundfront properties in Corolla and beachfront homes in Southern Shores. The vitamin D, warm weather, and saltwater will do everyone some good! Start planning your getaway today!